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Full user review
"Photo Editing Options Reduced"
Not sure what to say here---it comes as free software on my very expensive Macs.
Apple continues to reduce the effectiveness of the "adjustment" features with each new version of iPhoto. This basically makes the program a non-tool, useful for little more than cataloguing and storage.
In earlier versions, one had the capacity to "play" with photos: with infinite capacities for sharpening, contrast, and the ability to switch the light and dark sliders, etc. It used to be possible to get really creative, in addition to correcting some very serious picture-taking flaws and mistakes. Each new iPhoto update has reduced user capacity for this, however.
When a user closes a picture after making changes--as one would with any other document--the next time the picture is opened one would expect to find all the adjuster tabs back at their neutral positions. This was the case with the older versions, and this is what made infinite adjustments possible, ie: bringing the sharpness up to the maximum, saving the change, closing the photo, re-opening it, and finding the sharpness adjuster back at neutral......so that the photo can be made even sharper. In previous versions it was possible to repeat this process several times until the user (not the computer) was satisfied. This is no longer the case. Every time one re-opens a photo, all of the editing tabs are in the positions in which they were left, thus limiting (within a very small range) user choices regarding editing and adjustments.
Whoever's idea this was back in iPhoto 04 (I think), it was a rotten idea back then. And it hasn't gotten any better since.